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UNIVERSITY OF 
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ILLINOIS CONFERENCE 
1853-1928 



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The Illinois Conference 

1853-1928 

JUBILEE ALBUM 

Published in Commemoration 

of the 

SEVENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY 

of the 

Illinois Conference 

of the 

Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod 




ROCK ISLAND, ILL. 

AUGUSTANA BOOK CONCERN, PRINTERS AND BINDERS 
1928 



Authorized by the Illinois Conference 

Published by the Executive Board 

E. W. Olson, Peter Peterson, J. G. Dahlberg, 
Publication Committee 



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A REVIEW 

N the flyleaf of a booklet containing a small collection of 
sacred songs published during the early years of our Church 
work in America, these words of Scripture were printed: 
^ "Remember the Lord afar off and let Jerusalem come into 
your mind." There is early Illinois Conference and Augustana Synod 
Church History in the sending out of that message among the Swedish 
pioneers of this great Mississippi Valley. 

The history of the Lutheran Church among the Swedish people of 
the later immigration period is quite different from that of the Lutheran 
Church among the Swedes who came to the banks of the Delaware in 
the Seventeenth Century, different in its beginning, different in its 
development, different in the ultimate objects attained. New Sweden 
on the banks of the Delaware was a Colony of Sweden, and the Mother 
Country and the Mother Church were deeply interested in the temporal 
and spiritual welfare of these colonists. As Kalmar Nyckel and Fogel 
Grip set sail for the New World, that Mother Church sent with them 
this parting message: "Remember the Lord afar off and let Jerusalem 
come into your mind." That Mother Church repeated the admonition 
as succeeding bands of colonists went to join those already established 
in the New Sweden of America; she sent Pastors, teachers and books 
to these her children afar off. In fact, the Mother cared so well for 
these children that they never learnt how to take care of themselves. 
It was not the purpose of the Church in the Homeland, or of the 
Churches in the New World, to establish an independent Lutheran 
Church in the New World adapted to the new conditions in Colonial 
America, or in the Republic that followed, a Church providing its own 
ministry. When, therefore, a combination of adverse conditions in the 
Homeland and changing conditions in America compelled the Mother 

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Church to withdraw her care and support, these Lutheran Churches 
on the Delaware were unable to stand alone, and thought it necessary 
to join another denomination in order that they might continue to exist. 
The conditions were entirely different when the Swedes of the later 
emigration period set out for the New World. They did not go to 
found a Swedish Colony, but to become citizens of this great Republic. 
The Mother Country and Mother Church naturally surrendered these 
subjects and members very reluctantly, parted with them as with way- 
ward children and when once gone kept up no official relation with 
them. 

But these immigrants themselves, far away from Homeland and 
fireside, from the Church of their Baptism, Confirmation, Worship and 
Communion, realized as never before that "man lives not by bread 
alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God"; 
they found themselves in need of the Church, the Word and the Sacra- 
ments. 

The words on the flyleaf of that small volume of sacred songs was 
a message from the pioneer to the pioneer, from souls longing for Zion 
to other souls longing for Zion, inviting them to come together for 
mutual Spiritual helpfulness, for edification, for organization, for 
Church life and Church activity. 

There were at that time large-hearted and big-souled individual 
clergymen in the Church of Sweden whose loving sympathies followed 
the Swedish immigrants into the American wilderness and who, out of 
the fulness of their hearts, sent the message across the wide expanse of 
the Atlantic: "Remember the Lord afar off and let Jerusalem come 
into your mind." 

Rev. Lars Paul Esbjorn came to America in 1849 and the following 
year organized congregations in Andover and Moline, and in 1851 in 
Galesburg. Rev. T. N. Hasselquist came to America in 1852, to become 
Pastor of the Church in Galesburg, and the following year organized 
congregations in Knoxville and Chicago. Rev. Erland Carlsson came 
from Sweden to the Immanuel Church in Chicago in 1853 and was 
followed by O. C. T. Andren, Jonas Swensson and others. These 
pioneer Pastors were heroes of faith, constrained by the love of Christ 

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to cast their lot with that of the poor immigrant. They heard the 
Macedonian call from across the sea and accepted the call. 

Speaking before the Pastors of the Diocese of Upsala, June 14, 1865, 
Esbjorn gave his motives for going to America in these words: "When 
large numbers of Swedes emigrated to America during the years fol- 
lowing the emigration under Eric Jansson in 1846, but no Pastor 
accompanied them, I found myself constrained also to move over there 
in order to serve them in a Spiritual way so that they and their children 
would not sink into heathendom, or for lack of Spiritual care on the 
part of their own Church, be snatched into one of the numberless sects 
of that land, which sects are heterodox in a greater or smaller degree. 
I was also urged to take this step by countrymen who were already 
there, and who complained bitterly because of their Spiritual distress." 

It became evident to these pioneer Pastors from the very beginning 
that these weak and scattered congregations could not maintain them- 
selves permanently without some Synodical and Conference affiliation. 
But where could such affiliation be made? There were a few Nor- 
wegian Lutheran Churches in Wisconsin, but their Church polity and 
confessional basis were not acceptable to Esbjorn. There were Lu- 
theran Synods in the Eastern States, but these were too far away. In 
the meantime, German and English speaking Lutherans had moved into 
Illinois and organized the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Illinois. It 
was difficult for these Lutherans scattered over a large part of the State 
to come together for conventions under the primitive transportation fa- 
cilities of that day, and so the Lutherans of the Northern part of the 
State met at Cedarville in Stephenson County, September 18, 1851, and 
organized the Lutheran Synod of Northern Illinois. Esbjorn, together 
with a lay delegate from Rock Island, arrived late and took part in the 
completion of the organization, although he took exception to the Con- 
fessional basis adopted before his arrival. 

The Synod consisted of two Districts or Conferences, the Rock River 
and the Chicago, the Germans and Americans belonging to the former 
and the Scandinavians, or more correctly, the Norwegians, belonging to 
the latter. It seemed somewhat indefinite as to which District Esbjorn 
and his Churches were to belong. This matter was cleared up, how- 

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ever, when the Northern Illinois Synod decided to organize the Swedish 
Pastors and Churches into a new District or Conference. Pursuant to 
that decision, Rev. L. P. Esbjorn of Andover, Rev. T. N. Hasselquist 
of Galesburg, and Mr. C. J. Valentine, a licentiate serving the Church 
in Moline, together with the lay delegates Carl Lindman from Moline, 
Samuel Jonsson from Andover and Jons Jonsson from Knoxville met in 
the Swedish Lutheran Church in Moline January 6-9, 1853, and or- 
ganized the Mississippi Conference. 

Swedish immigration continued to pour into this broad Mississippi 
Valley and more congregations were organized that affiliated with the 
Mississippi Conference. In the meantime, the Minnesota Conference 
was organized in 1858 and the Augustana Synod in i860. By 1868, at 
its Convention in Princeton, Illinois, the Mississippi Conference found 
it necessary to appeal to the Synod that the Conference be divided and 
the Churches West of the Mississippi River be organized into a West 
Mississippi Conference. The appeal received favorable action on the 
part of the Synod. After the Norwegians withdrew in a friendly way 
in 1870 to organize their own people into a general body, there was fur- 
ther division of the territory west of the river. The New York Con- 
ference was also organized to include the Eastern States. The name of 
the old Mississippi Conference was changed to The Illinois Conference, 
and its territory was made to include Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and 
Southern Wisconsin. 

This brief historical review tells us that the Mother Conference of 
the Augustana Synod was seventy-five years old last January. The 
Convention in the First Church, Moline, Illinois, March 20-25, 1928, 
is the Seventy-fifth Anniversary Convention. This Jubilee Album is 
sent out to bear witness to seventy-five years of blessings received and 
seventy-five years of services rendered. 

The simple pioneer chapel speaks of the humble beginning of our 
Home Mission Work; the costly and magnificent sanctuary of the older 
congregation today tells us that God has blessed these efforts. The 
Album tells through its pictures the story of the works of Charity and 
benevolence of the Illinois Conference, its Educational endeavors, its 



participation in Foreign Missions, its Inner Mission activities, its care 
for the children and the aged, the sick and the needy. 

Every spire pointing heavenward admonishes our people "to seek the 
things that are above where Jesus is seated at the right hand of God." 
Every uplifted Cross says that the Pastors of the Illinois Conference, 
also pictured in the Album, as they face the sins and the ills of a lost 
race, know no other remedy than Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. 

The Album is a grateful recognition of the work of the pioneers; it 
is designed to give a picture of the Illinois Conference after seventy-five 
years ; it is an expression of our faith in the God of our Fathers and an 
expression of our hope for the future of our Church. 

Above all, let it be an expression of our gratitude to God for abound- 
ing blessings received these seventy-five years. 

Peter Peterson. 




REV. GUSTAV ALBERT BRANDELLE, A.M., D.D., LL.D., K.N.O. 
President of the Angustana Synod 




REV. PETER PETERSON, D.D., R.N.O. 
President of the Illinois Conference 



REV. F. A. JOHNSSON, D.D. 
Vice President of the Illinois Conferenu 





REV. JOHN G. DAHLBERG, A.M., D.D. 
Secretary of the Illinois Conference 



MEMBERS OF 
THE EXECUTIVE BOARD 

of the 

Illinois Conierence 

(Officers of the Conference are members ex officio) 






Rev. C. E. Bengtson, B.D., Rev. D. J. Nordling, B.D., Mr. John A. Christianson, 

Galesburg, Illinois Geneva, Illinois Chicago, Illinois 




Rev. C. A. Lindvall, D.D., 3ev. Johan A. S. Landin, B.D. E. W. Olson, A.M., L.H.D. 
Chicago, Illinois Ludington, Michigan Rock Island, Illinois 



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[r. Paul E. Moo, 
LaPorte, Indiana 



Mr. Austin Laurence, 
Paxton, Illinois 




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Rev. A. P. Sater, 
Lansing, Michigan 



Mr. C. H. Anderson, 
Chicago, Illiinois 



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FOUNDERS OF 
'HE ILLINOIS CONFERENCE 




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REV. PROF. L. P. ESBJ6RN REV. PROF. T. N. HASSELQUIST, D.D. 



C. J. VALENTIN, 

Lici asi '/ Preacher, 

Moline, Illinois 



SAMUEL JoNSSON 
Andover, Illinois 




MR. JOHN JOHNSON, 

Subsequently ordained. 
Knoxville, Illinois 



CARL LINDMAN 
Moline, Illinois 



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>QNS AND DAUGHTERS OF 

THE FOUNDERS OF THE 

ILLINOIS CONFERENCE 





Rev. Prof. C. M. Esbjorn, Ph.D. 






Prof 



T^r^^nT^M. Mrs. Hannah Shugren 



Mrs. Mia Johnson 



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Mr. Joshua Hasselquist 



Mr. Natanael Hasselquist 





Mrs. Esther Hasselquist- 
Peace 



Mrs. H. P. Quist 




Lieut. Axel LinJman 




Mr. Henry landman 



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THE WORD AND THE SACRAMENTS 

This Jubilee Album, published in commemoration of the Seventy- 
fifth Anniversary of the Illinois Conference, is designed to be, in its 
very presentation, a testimony of the Kingdom of God among us, our 
faith and our hope. 

THE WORD 

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Psalm 119. 105, in the language of the Old Testament. (Thy word 
is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.) 

REDEMPTION, GOD'S SAVING LOVE 

Kat 6 Adyos crapi iyevero iaKrjvoxrev iv y]fxi,v. 

John I. 14, in the language of the New Testament. (And the word 
was made flesh, and dwelt among us.) 

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our 
iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his 
stripes we are healed. Is. 53. 5. 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that 
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 
John 3. 16. 

THE SACRAMENTS 

One Lord, one faith, one baptism. Eph. 4. 5. 

This is my body which is given for you : this do in remembrance of me. 
This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. 
Luke 22. 19, 20. 

THE KINGDOM 

Thy Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and thy dominion endureth 
throughout all generations. Ps. 145. 13. 

O Gud ! ditt ord och sakrament 
lat aldrig bliva fran oss vant, 
sjalv din forsamling skydda. 

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HOME MISSIONS 

CHURCHES, PARSONAGES, PASTORS 

The Illinois Conference is the result of Home Missions. 

Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise 
from the dead the third day: and that repentance and remission of sins 
should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusa- 
lem. Luke 24. 46, 47. 

The Conference is divided into ten districts. 

ROCK ISLAND DISTRICT 

The congregation at Andover, Illinois, is the Mother Church not 
only of the Conference, but also of the Augustana Synod. 

And he said, So is the Kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed 
into the ground ; and should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed 
should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. Mk. 4. 26, 27. 

How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! My soul longeth, 
yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh 
crieth out for the living God. Ps. 84. 1, 2. 



THE FIRST CHURCH ERECTED AT ANDOVER.* THE CONGREGATION 
WAS ORGANIZED 1850 



* Wherever the name of the state is omitted after the name of the place, it refers to 
the State of Illinois. 

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PRESENT CHURCH, ANDOVER 





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INTERIOR, FIRST, MOLINE 
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IMMANUEL, EAST MOLINE. ORGANIZED 1900 



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SALEM, MOLINE. ORGANIZED 190£ 



PARSONAGE, SALEM, MOLINE 



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TRINITY, MOLINE. ORGANIZED 1912 




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GRACE, DAVENPORT, IOWA. ORGANIZED 1883 
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ZIEGLER MEMORIAL, FAIRPORT, IOWA 
ORGANIZED 1900 





COMMUNITY PARISH HOUSE, 

FAIRPORT, IOWA 
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ORION. ORGANIZED 1870 



PARSONAGE, ORION 



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CAMBRIDGE. ORGANIZED 1875 



PARSONAGE, CAMBRIDGE 



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CHURCH AND PARSONAGE, GENESEO. CONGREGATION ORGANIZED 185( 




CHURCH AND PARSONAGE, OPHIEM. CONGREGATION ORGANIZED 1889 

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SWEDONA. ORGANIZED 1851 



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PARSONAGE, SWEDONA 




SHERRARD. ORGANIZED 1908 



FRIEDENS, BARSTOW. ORGANIZED 1887 



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PORT BYRON, ORGANIZED 1875 



NEW WINDSOR. ORGANIZED 1869 




PARSONAGE, NEW WINDSOR 



PROPHETSTOWN. ORGANIZED 1880 



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PARSONAGE, PROPHETSTOWN 




FAIRFIELD. ORGANIZED 1874 




MORRISON. ORGANIZED IS 



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This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth 
a good work. I Tim. 3. 1. 

They shall speak of the glory of thy Kingdom and talk of thy power. 
Ps. 145. II. 




Rev. O. F. Domeij, 

Aledo 



Rev. Arvid P. Chindblom, Rev. Birger Nelson, B.D. 



Davenport, la. 



Swedona 




Rev. Carl G. Okerblom, 

New Windsor 



Rev. G. E. Burton, B.D. 
Geneseo 



Rev. C. O. Morland, B.D. 
First, Moline 




Rev. Linus A. Herman, B.D., Rev. G. E. Hemdahl, B.D., 
Andover Rock Island 



Rev. W. X. Magnuson, 
Salem, Moline 



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Rev. J. Ekholm, Ph.D., Rev. Adolph W. Dickhart 

Zion, Rock Island Calvary, Moline 



Rev. M. A. Odell, B.D. 
Orion 




Rev. J. Vincent Nordgren, 
A.M., B.D., 
Grace, Rock Island 



Rev W. A. Tillberg, B.D. 
Trinity, Moline 



Rev. A. S. Hamilton, B.D. 
Cambridge 




Rev. Daniel T. Martin, B.D., 
First, Rock Island 



Rev. Ernest A. Lack, 
Fairport, Iowa 



Rev. John L. Benson, B.D. 
East Moline 



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GALESBURG DISTRICT 

Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising 
thee. Selah. Ps. 84. 4- 





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GALVA. ORGANIZED 1869 




INTERIOR, GALVA 



PARSONAGE, GALVA 



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KNOXVILLE. ORGANIZED 1853 




PARSONAGE, KNOXVILLE 



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TRINITY, GALESBURG. ORGANIZED 1906 




PARSONAGE, TRINITY, GALESBURG 



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FIRST, MONMOUTH, AND PARSONAGE. CONGREGATION ORGANIZED 1868 




FIRST, PRINCETON. ORGANIZED 1854 



PARSONAGE, PRINCETON 



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* This is the old historic Immanuel Lutheran Church, donated to the Illinois Conference 




HENDERSON GROVE. ORGANIZED 1870 



PARSONAGE, HENDERSON GROVE 




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SION, KEWANEE. ORGANIZED 1869 



PARSONAGE, KEWANEE 



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IMMANUEL, ALTONA. ORGANIZED 1859 




TRINITY, CANTON. ORGANIZED 1890 



PARSONAGE, ALTONA 



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SALEM, PEORIA. ORGANIZED 1883 PARSONAGE, PEORIA 

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CHURCH AND PARSONAGE, STRONGHURST. CONGREGATION ORGANIZED 1890 




BETHANY, WOODHULL. ORGANIZED 1868 



PARSONAGE, WOODHULL 



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WATAGA. ORGANIZED 1S53 



PARSONAGE, WATAGA 



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Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over which 
the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the Church of God, 
which he hath purchased with his own blood. Acts 20. 28. 




Rev. J. H. Nelson, 
Knoxville 



Rev. J. M. Persenius, A.M., 
Kewanee 



Rev. Carl Lorimer, B.D. 
Princeton 




Rev. Carl A. Anderson, B.D., Rev. Clarence E. Melin, B.D 



Altona 



Wataga 



Rev. F. E. Anderson, 
Woodhull 




Rev. O. Philip Johnson, 
Galva 



Rev. E. T. Lindeen, A.M., 
Henderson Grove 



Rev. A. T. Lorimer, B.D. 
Monmouth 



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Rev. Alfred Appell, A.M. 
Peoria 



Rev. P. Arthur Johnson, B.D. 
Trinity, Galesburg 





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Rev. C. A. Lindahl, 
North Henderson 



Rev. N. A. Miller, B.D. 
Canton 




Rev.Chas. E. Bengtson, B.D. 

First, Galesburg 

(See Executive Board 

Page 13) 



Rev. Elmer J. Holt, 
Stronghurst 



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NORTHERN CHICAGO DISTRICT 

We will go into his tabernacles: we will worship at his footstool. 
Ps. 132. 7- 




PARISH HOUSE AND PARSONAGE, IMMANUEL, CHICAGO 
CONGREGATION ORGANIZED 1853 




IRVING PARK CHURCH AND PARSONAGE. CONGREGATION ORGANIZED 1903 

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IMMANUEL, EVANSTON. ORGANIZED 1888 




PARSONAGE, EVANSTON 



IMMANUEL WOMAN'S HOME, EVANSTON 



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TRINITY CHURCH AND PARSONAGE, CHICAGO. CONGREGATION ORGANIZED 1883 




PARISH HOUSE, TRINITY, CHICAGO 

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CHURCH AND PARSONAGE, EBENEZER, CHICAGO. 
CONGREGATION ORGANIZED 1892 




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CHURCH AND PROPOSED PARISH 
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MESSIAH, CHICAGO. ORGANIZED 1896 




PARSONAGE, MESSIAH, CHICAGO 




ST. PAUL, KENOSHA, WISCONSIN 
ORGANIZED 1892 



PARSONAGE, KENOSHA, WISCONSIN 



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CONCORDIA, CHICAGO. ORGANIZED 1898 PARSONAGE, CONCORDIA, CHICAGO 




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PARISH HOUSE, OLIVET, CHICAGO. CONGREGATION ORGANIZED 1926 

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ALBANY PARK, CHICAGO. ORGANIZED 191" 



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PARSONAGE, WAUKEGAN 



TRINITY, WAUKEGAN. ORGANIZED 1892 




AUGUSTANA, MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN 
ORGANIZED 1900 



PARSONAGE, MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN 



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INTERIOR, CENTRAL, CHICAGO 



This is the old historic Immanuel Lutheran Church, donated to the Illinois Conference 
by the Immanuel Congregation. 

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Distinguished Visitors to the Old Immanuel and Other 
Lutheran Churches. 



BISHOP GEZELIUS VON SCHEELE 





ARCHBISHOP NATHAN S5DERBLOM 



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GUSTAVA VON SCHEELE 




ANNA S6DERBLOM 



But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and 
unto the Greeks foolishness; but unto them which are called, both Jews 
and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. i Cor. 
I. 23, 24. In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the 
forgiveness of sins. Col. 1. 14. 




Rev. Elof K. Jonson, B.D., 
Ebenezer, Chicago 



Rev. G. A. Elliot, B.D. 
Messiah, Chicago 



Rev. C. O. Bengtson, 
Immanuel, Chicago 




Rev. Herbert W. Linden, B.D. 
Albany Park, Chicago 



Rev. August J. Beausang, 
Chicago 



Rev. J. H. Johnson, 
Kenosha, Wisconsin 



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Rev. A. Edgren, 
Chicago 



Rev. David W. Vikner, 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 



Rev. C M. Olander, B.D. 
Chicago 



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Rev. Gottfred Nelson, D.D., 
Trinity, Chicago 



Rev. Joshua Oden, D.D., 
Irving Park, Chicago 



Rev. G. A. Swanburg, 
Waukegan 




Rev. D. A. Lofgren, B.D. 

S.T.M., 

Racine, Wisconsin 



Rev. G. A. O. Engstrom, 
Highwood 



Rev. Oscar E. Liden, 
Evanston 




Rev E E T Anderson, Rev. C.Vernon Swenson.B.D., Rev.C. J. Segerhammar.B.D. 
Concordia, Chicago Olivet, Chicago Central, Chicago 



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SOUTHERN CHICAGO DISTRICT 

The kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchantman, seeking goodly 
pearls : who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold 
all that he had, and bought it. Mt. 13. 45, 4°- 

Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord. Ps. 134- 2 - 




SALEM CHURCH AND PARSONAGE, CHICAGO. ORGANIZED 1 




INTERIOR, SALEM, CHICAGO 



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BETHEL, CHICAGO. CONGREGATION ORGANIZED IS 



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PARSONAGE, BETHEL, CHICAGO 




BETHLEHEM CHURCH AND PARSONAGE, CHICAGO. 
CONGREGATION ORGANIZED 1875 



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BETHESDA, CHICAGO. ORGANIZED 1891 



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MESSIAH CHURCH AND PARSONAGE. CONGREGATION ORGANIZED 1908 




ST. MATTHEW CHURCH AND PARSONAGE, CHICAGO. 
CONGREGATION ORGANIZED 1914 



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AUGUSTANA, CHICAGO. ORGANIZED 1903 




AUGUSTANA WOMAN'S HOME, CHICAGO 



PARSONAGE, AUGUSTANA, CHICAGO 



63 




GRACE. CHICAGO. ORGANIZED 1909 




SILOA, BLUE ISLAND. PARSONAGE, BLUE ISLAND 

ORGANIZED 1889 



TABOR, HARVEY. 
ORGANIZED 1891 



64 




ELIM, CHICAGO. ORGANIZED 1SS5 




PARSONAGE, BETHANY 



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PARSONAGE, GRACE, CHICAGO 



65 




TABOR CHURCH AND PARSONAGE, CHICAGO. 
CONGREGATION ORGANIZED 1900 




CALVARY, CHICAGO. ORGANIZED 1923 



IMMANUEL, CHICAGO HEIGHTS. 
ORGANIZED 1901 



66 




LEBANON CHURCH AND PARSONAGE. CONG. ORGANIZED 1896 




CAPERNAUM, CHICAGO. 
ORGANIZED 1906 



67 



How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth 
good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, 
that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth. Is. 

52. 7- 




Rev. H. E. Sandstedt, S.T.D. 
Bethlehem, Chicago 



Rev. J. A. Nordling, B.D. 
Lebanon, Chicago 



Rev. J. A. Parkander, B.D., 
Gustavus Adolphus, Chicago 




Rev. Frank R. Carlson, 
Tabor, Chicago 



Rev. Edward Stark, 
Siloa, Blue Island 



Rev. Axel N. Nelson, S.T.D. 
Bethesda, Chicago 





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Rev. Conrad Bergendoff, 

A.M., B.D., 

Salem, Chicago 



Rev. Olof H. Nelson, B.D. 
Bethany, Chicago 

68 



Rev. C. Emil Bergquist, 
Bethel, Chicago 




Rev. C. A. Tolin, B.D., 
Chicago Heights 



Rev. A. F. Bergstrom, B.D., Rev. Andrew C. Rylander, 

St. Matthew, Chicago Augustana, Chicago 




Rev. Gottfrid Olson, B. D. 
Messiah, Chicago 



Rev. J. Telleen, D.D. 
Chicago 



Rev. G. Lundahl, D.D. 
Chicago 





v. C. E. Hoffsten, 


Rev. William J. Siegel, 


Rev. John H. Gregg 


LL.D., D.D., 


St. Luke's, Chicago 


Calvary, Chicago 


Grace, Chicago 







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WESTERN CHICAGO DISTRICT 

A day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a 
doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wick- 
edness. Ps. 84. 10. 




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70 



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SARON, CHICAGO, ORGANIZED 1888 




PARSONAGE, SARON, CHICAGO 
71 




MESSIAH, CHICAGO (AUSTIN), ORGANIZED 1895 



72 




PARSONAGE, MESSIAH, CHICAGO (AUSTIN) 




PARSONAGE, ST. PAUL'S, CHICAGO 



ST. PAUL'S, CHICAGO, 
ORGANIZED 1899 



73 




FIRST, BERWYN 
ORGANIZED 1898 



ZION, CHICAGO, 
ORGANIZED 1881 




PARSONAGE, BERWYN 



74 




FIRST, MAYWOOD, 
ORGANIZED 1895 



75 




PARSONAGE, LA GRANGE 



GRACE, LA GRANGE, 
ORGANIZED 1887 



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INTERIOR, BETHLEHEM, JOLIET 



BETHLEHEM, JOLIET 
ORGANIZED 1882 




ZION, LOCKPORT 
ORGANIZED 1875 



GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS, CICERO 
ORGANIZED 1919 



77 



Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards 
of the mysteries of God. I Cor. 4. 1. 






Rev. Carl Christenson, D.D., Rev. J. O. Lindstrom, B.D., 
Saron, Chicago Berwyn 



Rev. C. A. Petersen, 
Lemont 




Rev. V. R. Pearson, S.T.D., Rev. John A. Benton, A.M., Rev. G. Fred Andree, B.D. 
Gethsemane, Chicago Lockport Joliet 




Rev. O. B. Hanson, B.D., Rev. C. George Engdahl, B.D., Rev. Knut E. Erickson, B.D. 
Pastor Elect La Grange St. Paul's, Chicago 

Nebo, Chicago 

78 




Rev. A. P. Fors, 

A.M., Ph.D., D.D., 

Acting Pastor, 

Nebo, Chicago 




Rev. Carl A. V. Lund, B.D., 
Messiah. Chicago (Austin) 




Rev. Wm. P. Anderson, 
Cicero 



Rev. C. A. Lindvall, D.D., 

Zion. Chicago 

(See Executive Board, 

Page 13) 



Rev. F. A. Johnsson, D.D. 
Maywood 

(See Officers of Confer- 
ence, Page 12 I 



79 



ROCKFORD DISTRICT 

The Kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a 
marriage for his son, and sent forth his servants to call them that were 
bidden to the wedding. Mt. 22. 2, 3. 

Christ. . .loved the Church, and gave himself for it. Eph. 5. 25. 

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name ; worship the Lord 
in the beauty of holiness. Ps. 29. 2. 



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EMANUEL, ROCKFORD 




SALEM, ROCKFORD. ORGANIZED 1907 



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GRACE, ROCKFORD. ORGANIZED 1924 
82 




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TABOR, ROCKFORD 
ORGANIZED 1925 



83 




ZION, ROCKFORD. ORGANIZED 1882 





BETHANY, CRYSTAL LAKE ORGANIZED 1923 



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GENEVA 
ORGANIZED 185? 





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ORGANIZED 1872 



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FIRST, DEKALB. ORGANIZED 181 




PARSONAGE, DEKALB 



86 




SALEM, SYCAMORE 
ORGANIZED 1S70 



LILY LAKE 
ORGANIZED 1874 




BETHLEHEM. ST. CHARLES 
ORGANIZED 1882 



PARSONAGE, ST. CHARLES 



87 




GRACE CHURCH AND PARSONAGE, AURORA. CONGREGATION ORGANIZED 1869 




BETHLEHEM, ELGIN 
ORGANIZED 1871 



88 








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FIRST, PECATONICA 
ORGANIZED 1857 



PARSONAGE, PECATONICA 




ZION, BELVIDERE 
ORGANIZED 1896 




CENTRAL, MADISON, WISCONSIN 
ORGANIZED 1898 



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SALEM, SANDWICH 
ORGANIZED 1904 




PARSONAGE, KIRKLAND 



FIRST, KIRKLAND 
ORGANIZED 1873 



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Rev. Philip Thelander, 
Batavia 



Rev. George R. Olson, B.D., Rev. J. A. Benander, B.D. 
Belvidere Salem, Rockford 




Rev. E. W. Magnusson, B.D. 
DeKalb 



Rev. L. J. Trued, B.D. 
Kirkland 



Rev. J. David Ekstrom, B.D. 
St. Charles 






Rev. Joh. Fr. Seedofl, 
Rockford 



Rev. Ernest T. Smith, B.D., Rev. Walter E. Pearson, A.M. 
Aurora Sycamore 



91 




Rev. Elmer L. Olsen, 
Acting Pastor, First, 
Rockford 



Rev. E. C. Bloomquist, A.M. 
Emanuel, Rockford 



Rev. Paul V. Randolph, 
Grace, Rockford 




Rev. Albert J. L. Hemming, B.D., Rev. Henry Hedlund, B.D., Rev. Carl B. Swanson, B.D. 
Lily Lake Crystal Lake Elgin 





Rev. Albert Loreen, Rev. Edwin C. Munson, B.D., R ev- Clarence H. Anderzon, B.D. 

Pastor-elect, First, Rockford Madison, Wisconsin Tabor, Rockford 



92 




Rev. Andrew J. Berghult. 
Pastor-elect, Pecatonica 




Rev. Rubert A. Hull, B.D., 
Pastor-elect. Grace, Rockford 



Rev. D. J. Xordling, B.D., 
Geneva 
(See Executive Board, page 13) 



93 



LA PORTE DISTRICT 

O come, let us worship and bow down : let us kneel before the Lord 
our maker. Ps. 95. 6. 




BETHANY CHURCH AND PARSONAGE, LA PORTE, INDIANA. 
CONGREGATION ORGANIZED 1857 




BETHLEHEM CHURCH AND PARSONAGE, GARY, INDIANA. CONGR. ORG. 1910 

94 




SARON, ST. JOE^BENTON HARBOR, MICH. ORGANIZED 1875 




PARSONAGE, SOUTH BEND 



GLORIA DEI, SOUTH BEND, INDIANA 
ORGANIZED 1880 



95 





ST. PAUL'S, EAST CHICAGO, INDIANA GENESARETH, INDIANA HARBOR, INDIANA 
ORGANIZED 1890 ORGANIZED 1906 




AUGUSTANA, HOBART, INDIANA BETHEL, GARY (MILLER), INDIANA 

ORGANIZED 1862 ORGANIZED 1874 

PARSONAGE, HOBART, INDIANA, 




PARSONAGE, DONALDSON 



IMMANUEL. DONALDSON, INDIANA 
ORGANIZED 1876 



96 




AUGSBURG CHURCH AND PARSONAGE, 

PORTER, INDIANA. 

CONGREGATION ORGANIZED 1858 



ZION CHURCH AND PARSONAGE, 

MICHIGAN CITY, INDIANA 
CONGREGATION ORGANIZED 1881 








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TRINITY, ELKHART, INDIANA, 
ORGANIZED 1873 



97 




BETHANY, COVERT, MICHIGAN 
ORGANIZED 1908 



98 



Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth 
not to be ashamed, rightlv dividing the word of truth. 2 Tim. 2. 15. 






Rev. E. H. Karlson, 
South Bend, Indiana 



Rev. G. A. Ostergren, Rev. Martin W. Gustafson, B.D. 

Michigan City, Indiana La Porte, Indiana 




Rev. Fredrick Nordquist, 
Porter, Indiana 



Rev. M. J. Lonner, 
Hobart, Indiana 



Rev. Gust Rehnstrom, B.D. 
Elkhart, Indiana 




Rev. Victor J. Tengwald, Rev. H. Colliander, Rev. Frank A. Bonander, B.D. 

St. Joseph, Michigan Acting Pastor, Bethlehem, East Chicago, Indiana 

Gary, Indiana 



99 





Rev. H. P. Ottoson, 
Donaldson, Indiana 



Rev. E. H. Carlson, A.M.. 
Porter, Indiana 



Rev. 0. A. Landell, 
Hammond, Indiana 



100 



PAXTOX DISTRICT 

But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all 
these things shall be added unto you. Mt. 6. 33. 

My Kingdom is not of this world. John 18. 36. 

For the Kingdom of God is not meet and drink; but righteousness. 
and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. Rom. 14. 17. 




PAXTON. ORGANIZED 1863 




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CONGREGATION ORGANIZED 1872 



RANKIN. ORGANIZED 1875 






CHURCH AND PARSONAGE, GIBSON CITY. CONGREGATION ORGANIZED 1881 

102 




CHURCH AND PARSONAGE, VARNA. CONGREGATION ORGANIZED 1868 




GRANVILLE. ORGANIZED 1902 



PARSONAGE, GRANVILLE 




STREATOR, ORGANIZED 1884. PARSONAGE, WENONA. WENONA. ORGANIZED 1892 

103 




DANVILLE. ORGANIZED 1885 UTICA. ORGANIZED 1890 

104 



Preach the word ; be instant in season, out of season ; reprove, rebuke, 
exhort with all longsufiering and doctrine. . .make full proof of thy 
ministry. 2 Tim. 4. 3, 5. 




Rev. Karl Nilsson, 
Varna 



Rev. C. A. Johnson, B.D. 
Attica, Indiana 



Rev. Joseph A. Hultberj 
Wenona 




Rev. Oscar Purn, B.D. 
Paxton 



Rev. J. W. Eckman, 
Gibson City 



Rev. E. U. Youngdahl, B.D. 
Rankin 




Rev. George A. Johnson, 
Granville 




Rev. A. R. Hedstrom, B.D. 
Bloomington 



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GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT 

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner 
of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see 
the day approaching. Heb. 10. 25. 





BETHLEHEM, GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. 
ORGANIZED 1873 



BETHLEHEM, DETROIT, MICHIGAN 
ORGANIZED 1900 




PARSONAGE, GRAND RAPIDS 



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IMMANUEL, DETROIT, MICHIGAN. ORGANIZED 1919 




PARSONAGE, IMMANUEL, DETROIT 



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CONGREGATION ORGANIZED 1866 

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PARSONAGE. FLINT, MICHIGAN 



SALEM, FLINT, MICHIGAN. 
ORGANIZED 1916 




IMMANUEL CHURCH AND PARSONAGE, KELLOGG, MICHIGAN. 
CONGREGATION ORGANIZED 1878 



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PARSONAGE, MUSKEGON 



SAMUEL, MUSKEGON. MICHIGAN. 
ORGANIZED 1875 




ABIGAIL, EAST TAWAS, MICHIGAN. ORGANIZED 1886. 

ELEAZAR, OSCODA, MICHIGAN. ORGANIZED 1886. 

ALABASTER, MICHIGAN. ORGANIZED 1908 



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ZION, BAY CITY, MICHIGAN. 
ORGANIZED 1880 



PARSONAGE, BAY CITY 





SCANDINAVIAN, LANSING, MICHIGAN. ORGANIZED 1917 




LEBANON, WHITEHALL, MICHIGAN 
ORGANIZED 1872 



PARSONAGE, WHITEHALL, MICHIGAN 



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For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord. 2 Cor. 4. 5. 




Rev. Elof G. Carlson, 
Sparta, Michigan 



Rev.Alf. B. Peterson, B.D. 
Kellogg, Michigan 



Rev. C. G. Carlfelt, B.D. 
Immanuel, Detroit, Mich. 




Rev. P. Martinson, 
Whitehall, Michigan 






Rev. Gustav Fletwood. M.D., 
Muskegon, Michigan 



Rev. Henry G. Hanson, 
Grand Rapids, Michigan 



Rev. Albert Okerstrom, M.D. 
Bethlehem, Detroit, Mich. 



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Rev. C. Arthur Johnson, B.D. 
Flint, Michigan 



Rev. Theodore B. Nordale, 
Bay City, Michigan 



Rev. A. P. Sater, 

Lansing, Michigan 

(See Executive Board, p. 14) 



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CADILLAC DISTRICT 

Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the 

Kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption For 

this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on 
immortality, i Cor. 15. 50, 53- 

Many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with 
Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the Kingdom of heaven. Mt. 8. 11. 

Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of 
their Father. Mt. 13. 43- 




ZION CHURCH AND PARSONAGE, CADILLAC, MICHIGAN. 
CONGREGATION ORGANIZED 1874 



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ANSGARIUS, MANISTEE, MICHIGAN. 
ORGANIZED 1884 



PARSONAGE, MANISTEE 




EMANUEL, LUDINGTON, MICHIGAN. 
ORGANIZED 1874 



PARSONAGE. LUDINGTON 



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CHURCH AND PARSONAGE, TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN. 
CONGREGATION ORGANIZED 1892 




AUGUSTANA, COLFAX, MICHIGAN. 
ORGANIZED 1887 



IMMANUEL, BIG RAPIDS, MICHIGAN. 
ORGANIZED 1874 



115 




PARSONAGE, BIG RAPIDS 



BORLAND, MICHIGAN 

ORGANIZED 1872 

Property donated to the Illinois Conference. 




TUSTIN, MICHIGAIv 
ORGANIZED 1874 



116 





ZION, REED CITY, MICHIGAN. 
ORGANIZED 1872 



GILBERT, MICHIGAN. 
ORGANIZED 1880 




ZION, LE ROY, MICHIGAN. 
ORGANIZED 1817 



EMANUEL, DEWINGS, MICHIGAN. 
ORGANIZED 1896 



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BETHANIA, ELK RAPIDS, MICHIGAN. 
ORGANIZED 1892 



GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS 

MANCELONA, MICHIGAN. 

ORGANIZED 1899 




HOBART, MICHIGAN. 
ORGANIZED 1874 



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Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight 
thereof, not by constraint, but willingly ; not for filthy lucre, but of a 
ready mind; neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being en- 
samples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd shall appear, ye 
shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. I Peter 5. 2-4. 




Rev. C. N. Clemens, B.D. 
Big Rapids, Michigan 




Rev. John A. Berg, 

Tustin, Michigan 



Rev. J. E. Rydback, D.D. 
Cadillac, Michigan 





Rev. P. O. Dahlberg, 
Cadillac, Michigan 



Rev. C. E. Holmer, B.D. 
Manistee, Michigan 



Rev. Johan A. S. Landin, 

Ludington, Michigan 

(See Executive Board, page 13) 



119 



FOREIGN MISSION, INNER 

MISSION, MISSION TO 

THE JEWS 



FOREIGN MISSION 

In its Foreign Mission activities, the Illinois Conference is a part of 
the Augustana Synod in its extensive work in China and Africa, sup- 
porting also the work of the United Lutheran Church in India — the 
field of the former General Council. The General Budget of the Au- 
gustana Synod for 1927 was: China, $144,500; Africa, $50,000; India, 
$25,000. 

For the Kingdom is the Lord's: and he is the governor among the 
nations. Ps. 22. 28. 

He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto 
the ends of the earth. Ps. 72. 8. 

All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before 
thee, O Lord ; and shall glorify thy name. Ps. 86. 9. 

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world 
for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. Mt. 24. 14. 



MISSIONARIES FROM THE ILLINOIS CONFERENCE 




Miss Hilma Levin, 
Missionary, India 




Rev. A. B. Carlson, 

Missionary, India 

Buried in India 




Dr. O. W. Lindorff.v 

Medical Missionary. China 

Buried in China 



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Miss Verna Lofgren, 
Missionary, India 



Mrs. Hedwig Lindorff, 
Missionary, India and China 



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Miss Elvida Bonander, 
Missionary, Africa 




Mrs. Laura Monson- 

Nicholson, 

Missionary, India 



Miss May Mellander, 
Missionary, Porto Rico 



Miss Annette Wahlstedt, 
Missionary, Porto Rico 





Mrs. Alfred Ostrom.t 
Missionary. Porto Rico 



Rev. Alfred Ostrom, 
Missionary, Porto Rico 



121 




Dr. Betty Nilsson, 
Medical Missionary, India 




Dr. Bertha Anderson, 
Medical Missionary, Africa 



Miss Anna Johnson, 
Missionary, China 



Miss Anna Olson, 
Missionary, China 



122 



THE AUGUSTANA INNER MISSION 

Incorporated I9 2 5- 

This is one of the activities of the Illinois Conference. The articles 
of incorporation state: The object for which it is formed is to do inner 
mission work within the boundaries of the Illinois Conference of the 
Augustana Synod ; to bring Christian influence to bear upon such per- 
sons as are not reached by local churches; to bring relief and aid to the 
poor, friendless, suffering, destitute, and erring, who are in need of care ; 
to build, establish, and maintain such institutions as are necessary to pro- 
mote this Christian work of charity; and to assist in the upbuilding of 
the Church of Christ. 

For the poor shall never cease out of the land : therefore I command 
thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy 
poor, and to thy needy, in thy land. Dt. 15. 11. 

Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the Law of Christ. 
Gal. 6. 2. 

For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat ; I was thirsty, and ye 
gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in; naked, and ye 
clothed me ; I was sick, and ye visited me ; I was in prison, and ye came 
to me. Mt. 25. 35, 36. 




AUGUSTANA CENTRAL HOME, 
1346 N. La Salle Street, Chicago 
This is a mission hotel, a shelter for those 
that come to Chicago and need a safe place 
to stay at, where they can be among friends 
that are willing and anxious to assist them 
whenever in need. 



AUGUSTANA NURSERY, 
2042 Lane Court, Chicago 
The Nursery receives and tenderly cares 
for destitute infants. It is a charitable in- 
stitution, dependent for its support on the 
generosity of the friends of the helpless 
little ones. The institution also conducts a 
school for training nursery maids. 



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2043 Sedgwick Street, Chicago 




Rev. J. Jesperson, D.D., 

Superintendent Augustana 

Inner Mission 




Rev. Edward Ekstrom, B.D. 

Missionary, Augustana 

Inner Mission 





Miss Edna Johnson, 
Missionary- 



Mr. Albert Rehnstrom, 
Missionary 



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Miss Evelyn Morris, 
Matron, Central Home 



Miss Elizabeth Olson, 
Matron, Nursery 



Miss Naomi Magnuson, 
Missionary 



BOARD OF DIRECTORS 





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Nels P. Anderson 



Mrs. F. T. Westberg Mr. N. E. Christianson 





Mrs. Peter Molin Mrs. Olin Paulson 

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Mr. Oscar Landstrom 



Mrs. Frank Nordquist 



Dr. J. R. Freedlund 



Rev. Herbert W. Linden, 
(See Northern Chicago Dis- 
trict, Page 55) 



Rev. Conrad Bergendoff, 
(See Southern Chicago Dis- 
trict, Page 68) 



Rev. P. Arthur Johnson, 

(See Galesburg District, 

Page 43) 



Rev. C. O. Bengtson, 

(See Northern Chicago 

District, Page 55) 




Administration Building, Cisco Beach, 



Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Chapel, Cisco Beach 



126 



MISSION TO THE JEWS 

The Illinois Conference assists the Zion Society for Israel financially. 
The headquarters of this Lutheran Association is at 2021 Seventeenth 
Avenue, South, Minneapolis, Minnesota. The society has Missions in 
Chicago, and in other places. Two of the pastors of the Conference are 
at present members of the Board of Directors. One of its pastors and 
one lady missionary, member of the Conference, are engaged in this 
work in Chicago. 

Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they 
might be saved. Rom. 10. 1. 

But even unto this day, whensoever Moses is read, a veil lieth upon 
their hearts. Nevertheless, when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall 
be taken away. 2 Cor. 3. 15, 16. 

And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in ; 
for God is able to graft them in again. Rom. 11. 23. 





Rev. Victor Sternherz, 

Chicago 
Missionary to the Jews 



Miss Esther Olson, 

Chicago 

Missionary to the Jews 



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INSTITUTIONS 

Institutions under- the Management of the Board of Charities. 

HOMES FOR CHILDREN 

Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Luke 6. 36. 
Thou art the helper of the fatherless. Ps. 10. 14. 
Train up a child in the way he should go : and when he is old, he will 
not depart from it. Prov. 22. 6. 



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S. P. Lindell.t 

First Superintendent, 

Andover 




Mrs. S. P. Lindell.t 
First Matron, Andover 




Mr. F. L. Johnson, 

Farm Superintendent, 

Andover 




Mrs. T. V. Anderson, 
Matron. Andover 



129 




LUTHERAN HOME FOR CHILDREN, AND INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL, JOLIET. 

FOUNDED 1891. 




Rev. J. M. Rydman, 
Superintendent and Chap- 
lain, Institutions at Juliet 




Sister Ingeborg Carlberg, 
Matron Children's Home, 
Joliet 



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HOMES FOR THE AGED 

The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of 
righteousness. Prov. 16. 31. 

O God, thou hast taught me from my youth ; and hitherto have I 
declared thy wondrous works. Xow also when I am old and gray- 
headed, O God, forsake me not. Ps. 71. 17, 18. 




SALEM HOME FOR THE AGED, JOLIET. FOUNDED 1905 




Mrs. Alma Enberg, 
Matron, Joliet 



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AUGUSTANA HOME FOR THE AGED, CHICAGO. FOUNDED 1911 




Rev. J. N. Brandelle, 
Superintendent and Chap- 
lain ; General Represen- 
tative Board of 
Charities 




Sister Ingrid Anderson, 
Matron 



132 




LUTHERAN HOME FOR THE AGED, GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN. FOUNDED 1924. 



133 



BOARD OF CHARITIES 




Mr. Jens Jesson 




Mr. Albert H. Sam 







Mr. John A. Bloomquist 



Mr. A. W. Carlson 



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Mr. C. A. Asplund 




Mr. Albert Chalstrom 



134 





Mr. Joseph Sahlmark 



Mr. Axel Ostrand 





Mr. F. A. Johnson 



Mr. Oscar Brissman 



Rev. J. N. Brandelle 

(See Homes for Aged, 

Page 132) 



Rev. A. T. Lorimer, 

(See Galesburg District, 

Page 42) 



Rev. Carl A. V. Lund 

(See Western Chicago 
Page 79) 



Rev. Dr. A. P. Fors, Rev. J. M. Rydman, 

(See Western Chicago Dis- (See Homes for Children, 
trict, Page 79 I Page 130) 



Rev. C. A. Petersen, 

( See Western Chicago 

District, Page 78) 



Rev. Henry G. Hanson, 
(See Grand Rapids Dis- 
trict, Page 111) 



Rev. J. A. Benander, 

(See Rockford District, 

Page 91) 



Rev. G. E. Hemdahl, 

(See Rock Island District, 

Page 31) 



Rev. Dr. J. E. Rydback, 

(See Cadillac District, 

Page 119) 



135 



HOSPITALS 

Under the Management of Special Boards. 

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and 
preaching the gospel of the Kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness 
and all manner of diseases among the people. Mt. 4. 23. 

Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sickness. Mt. 8. 17. 

He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent 
me to heal the brokenhearted. Luke 4. 18. 

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, es- 
pecially unto them who are of the household of faith. Gal. 6. 10. 

AUGUSTANA HOSPITAL 

Incorporated February 28th, 1882 

This hospital, nationally and internationally known, is founded and 
maintained as a charitable institution. According to its charter, no 
individual or body, ecclesiastical or civic, can divert a single dollar for 
gain. Whatever surplus there is, when expenses are paid, must be de- 
voted to the aid of sick and needy patients. From its very beginning 
the hospital has endeavored to do all the charity work possible for needy 
patients. During the forty-three years (1883-1927) free and part free 
hospital care has been given to a total amount of $445,550. This does 
not include free treatment of patients in the way of professional serv- 
ices and surgical operations by members of the medical staff. Dur- 
ing this period (1884-1927) the Hospital has received in gifts, be- 
quests and proceeds from money-raising campaigns, a total of $326,865. 
Thus the free and part-free hospital service has exceeded all gifts from 
all sources by nearly $120,000. (See Report Augustana Hospital 1927). 
The Hospital has an excellent training school for nurses. 

Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the 
things of others. Phil. 2. 4. This passage together with verses 5-9 of 
the same chapter were used at the dedication of the first building. 



136 




FIRST BUILDING, AUGUSTANA 
HOSPITAL. ERECTED 1884 




THE WEST BUILDING (OLD HOSPITAL). ERECTED 1893 
AND ADDITION BUILT 1903 

137 




ADMINISTRATION BUILDING. ERECTED 1925 




PATIENTS' PAVILION. ERECTED 1925 



138 




Rev. Erland Carlsson, D.D. 
One of the Founders 




Dr. A. J. Ochsnerf 
Former Chief of Staff 



Rev. M. Wahlstrom, Ph.D., D.D., R.N.O.,i 
Former Superintendent 



39 



BOARD OF DIRECTORS 




Mr. Gustav Olson 



Mr. L. M. Nelson 



Rev. Dr. C. E. Hoffsten, 

(See Southern Chicago 

District, Page 69) 

Rev. Dr. Gottfred Nelson, 
(See Northern Chicago Dis- 
trict, Page 56) 



Rev. Dr. Axel N. Nelson, 
(See Southern Chicago Dis- 
trict, Page 68) 

Rev. Dr. H. E. Sandstedt, 
(See Southern Chicago Dis- 
trict, Page 68) 



I40 




Mr. Ernest I. Erickson, 
Superintendent 




Rev. Alfred Nelson, 
Chaplain 




[iss Mabel Haggman, R.N . 
Superintendent of Nurses 




Miss Nettie Hoff, R.N., 
Matron 




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NURSES' HOME. ERECTED 1922 
141 



DR. ANDERS FRICK, 
Chief of Medical Staff 





THE CROWN PRINCE AND 

CROWN PRINCESS 

OF SWEDEN 

(Crown Prince Gustav Adolf 
took part in the dedication 
of the New Hospital Build- 
ing, Midsummer Day, 1927) 



142 




VESTMENTS OF THE CHURCH OF SWEDEN PRESENTED TO THE PRESIDENT 
OF THE CONFERENCE BY THE CROWN PRINCE OF SWEDEN AT THE 
DEDICATION OF THE NEW HOSPITAL. CHICAGO. 



143 



LUTHERAN HOSPITAL, MOLINE 

Opened for Service February 4th, 1916. 
This hospital is owned and controlled by the Rock Island District of 
the Illinois Conference. It reports, however, annually to the Confer- 
ence, and the Conference has given it not only moral but also financial 
support The hospital has an accredited training school for nurses. In 
1926 the hospital rendered free service to part-paying patients, amount- 
ing to $4,870.58. Besides, free service was given those who were unable 
to pay any part of their obligations, to the amount of $5,309.72, or in 
all, $10,180.36 in that year. These figures are the latest available at 
this time, February, 1928. 



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LUTHERAN HOSPITAL, MOLINE 




Miss Amalia Dahlgren, R.N. 
Superintendent 



IMMANUEL WOMAN'S HOME, CHICAGO 

This is a real home for girls, transients or employed in Chicago. The 
Home is owned and managed by the Immanuel Woman's Home Asso- 
ciation, a corporation of women. Only women of the Augustana Synod 
are eligible as members of the Board of Directors. 




IMMANUEL WOMAN'S HOME 




Sister Frida Haff, 

Superintendent 



145 



SPECIAL ORGANIZATIONS 

THE LUTHER LEAGUE 

The Luther Leagues of the congregations and of the districts of the 
conference are organized into the Conference Luther League. 

Deliver me, O Lord, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand 
of the unrighteous and cruel man. For thou art my hope, O Lord God : 
thou art my trust from my youth. Ps. 71. 5. 

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed 
thereto according to thy word. Ps. 119. 9. 

And that from a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which are 
able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ 
Jesus. 2 Tim. 3. 15. 

Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth. Eccl. 12. I. 

The glory of young men is their strength. Prov. 20. 29. 

Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. 1 Pet. 5. 5. 




Mr. Anton W. Nelson, Vice President 



I46 





Miss Edith V. Johnson, 
Statistical Secretary 



Miss Ellen C. Mattson, 
Secretary 




Mr. Arthur E. Wanfelt, 
Treasurer 



Rev. Frank R. Carlson, 

President 

(See Southern Chicago 

District, Page 68) 



147 



LUTHERAN BROTHERHOOD 

Organized 1923. 

Local Brotherhoods and District Brotherhoods are organized into the 
Illinois Conference Brotherhood. The Conference Brotherhood is 
affiliated with the Synodical Lutheran Brotherhood and the American 
Federation of Lutheran Brotherhoods. Their aim is the good of the 
local congregation, of Conference, and Synod. 

Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in 
unity! Ps. 133. 1. 

But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; 
and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man 
according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give, not grudgingly, 
or of necessity : for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Cor. 9. 6, 7. 




Mr. John A. Christianson, 

President 

(See Executive Board, 

Page 13) 

Dr. E. W. Olson, Secretary 

(See Executive Board, 

Page 13) 




r. A. Swenson, 
icial Secretary 



Mr. Lawrence Johnson, 
Vice President 





Rev. Julius Lincoln, D.D., 
Executive Secretary, Broth- 
erhood of the Augus- 
tana Synod 



148 



WOMAN'S MISSIONARY SOCIETY 

Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by 
interpretation is called Dorcas ; this woman was full of good works and 
almsdeeds which she did. Acts 9. 36. 




AUGUSTANA MISSION HOME. A Mission Home and Hospice owned and managed by 
the Woman's Missionary Society of the Augustana Synod. The Home is located at 
3939 Pine Grove Avenue, Chicago. 



149 




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CHICAGO LUTHERAN BIBLE SCHOOL 

In its organization, this Lutheran institution is intersynodical. Mem- 
bers of the Illinois Conference serve as members of its Board of Direc- 
tors. Many of our pastors and laymen are connected with and take 
deep interest in this Bible school. 

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doc- 
trine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That 
the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good 
works. 2 Tim. 3. 16, 17. 




CHICAGO LUTHERAN BIBLE SCHOOL 





Rev. F. O. Hanson, B.D., 
Executive Secretary 



Rev. S. P. Long, D.D. 
President 



152 



AUGUSTANA COLLEGE AND THEOLOGICAL 
SEMINARY, ROCK ISLAND 

Founded i860. 

This is the principal institution of higher education of the Augustana 
Synod. It has always been located within the Illinois Conference. It 
is owned and controlled by the Synod. This Conference has promoted 
its material growth and educational development from its very begin- 
ning. This institution of the early days of our synod is firmly in- 
trenched in the heart of our people. 

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Prov. 1. 7. 




DENKMANN MEMORIAL LIBRARY 



153 



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154 




AUGUSTANA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY 




SEMINARY CHAPEL 



155 




Rev. Gustav Albert Andreen, 
Ph.D., D.D., K.V.O., R.N.O., 
President of the institution. 




Rev. Prof. O. Olsson, D.D., 
Former President, Deceased 1900. 



Rev. Prof. C. E. Lindberg, 
D.D., LL.D., R.N.O., K.V.O., 
Dean of the Theological Seminary 



156 



MINISTERS IN THE SERVICE OF AUGUSTANA COLLEGE 
AND THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY WHO ARE MEM- 
BERS OF THE ILLINOIS CONFERENCE 




Rev. Prof. J. G. U. Mau- Rev. Prof. Ira O. Nothstein, 
ritzon, B.D., R.N.O., A.M., Librarian 

Dean of the College. 



Rev. Prof. A. W. Kjell- 
strand, A.M., D.D. 





Rev. Prof. E. F. Bartholo- 
mew, Ph.D., D.D., L.H.D. 



Rev. Prof. Otto H. Bostrom, 
A.M., Ph.D. 





Rev. C. O. Granere, Ph.D., 
Professor Emeritus 



Rev. Carl J. Johnson, B.D., 
Treasurer of the Institution 



57 




Rev. Prof. S. G. Youngert, Rev. Prof. Adolf Hult, D.D. Rev. Prof. S. J. Sebelius, B.D. 

Ph.D., S.T.D., R.N.O. 





Rev. Prof. Oscar N. Olson, 
B.D.. 



Rev. Prof. A. T. Lundholm, 
D.D. 




Rev. Prof. John P. Milton. 
B.D. 



158 



AUGUSTANA BOOK CONCERN 

The Publishing House of the Augustana Synod 



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AUGUSTANA BOOK CONCERN, ROCK ISLAND 




Mr. John G. Youngquist, Manager 
159 





Rev. Geo. A. Fahlund, D.D. 
Sunday School Secretary 



Rev. Carl J. Bengston, D.D., 
Editor-in-chief, Lutheran Companion 




Rev. Carl Kraft, B.D., 
Associate Editor, Augustana 



if:/;: 






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Rev. 



O. V. Holmgrain, D.D. 
Literature Secretary 




Anderson 



Rev. L. G. Abrahamson, 
Editor-in-chief, Augustana 
(See Bd. of Directors Augustana Hospital, 
Page 140) 



I 60 



®o tfje Memory 

of tfje Pastors anb ®eacf)er£ tofjoSe cijtef 

toorfe toas bone tottfjtn tjje bounb* of 

tfje SlltnotS Conference tfjeSe pages 

are bebtcateb tn appreciation 

anb gratttube. 



IN MEMORIAM 

PASTORS 
Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto 
you the word of God : whose faith follow, considering the end of their 
conversation. Heb. 13. 7. 




Rev. Dr. T. N. Hasselquist 

Born March 2, 1816; ordained 1839 

died Feb. 4, 1891 




Rev. Dr. A. R. Cervin 

Born April 20, 1823 ; ordained 1864 

died Jan. 5, 1900 

l62 




Rev. Prof. L. P. Esbjorn 

Born Oct. 16, 1808; ordained 1832 

died July 2, 1870 



163 




Rev. John Johnson 

Born July 21, 1822; ordained 18G0 : 

died Oct. 9, 1882 




Rev. J. S. Benzon 

Born Oct. 19, 1833; ordained 1866; 

died March 13, 1889 



Rev. O. C. T. Andren 

Born Sept. 21, 1824 ; ordained 1847 ; 

died June 11, 1870 



64 



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Rev. A. P. Lindstrom 

Born Feb. 25, 1849 ; ordained 1882 

died March 25, 1896 



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Rev. Dr. A. J. Lindstrom 

Born May 14, 1843; ordained 1870 

died Jan. 25, 1872 




Rev. Prof. Carl Peter Rydholm 

Born May 31, 1843 ; ordained 1871 ; 

died Aug. 16, 1902 



I 66 




Rev. Carl John Malmberg 
Born Nov. 5, 1833; ordained 1861 
died Aug. 12, 1885 




Rev. Victor Setterdahl 
Born Jan. 20, 1844; ordained 1873 
died Feb. 19, 1914 



l67 



Rev. H. O. Lindeblad 
Born March 5, 1845 ; ordained l! 
died Sept. 23, 1912 




Rev. Fredrick Nibelius 

Born June 10, 1850; ordained 1882 

died July 4, 1897 



1 68 




Rev. A. Challman 
Born Jan. 1, 1841 ; ordained IS"! 
died May 15, 1900 




Rev. Victor Vixell 

Born Sept. 3, 1853 ; ordained 1884 

died Sept. 4, 1902 



I70 




Rev. Nils Nordgren 

Born Dec. 20, 1839 ; ordained 1872 

died 1921 



Rev. Carl O. Olander 
Born Feb. 23, 1850; ordained 181 
died 1918 




Rev. Carl A. Backman 

Born May 24. 1853 ; ordained 1883 

died March 6, 1888 



171 




Rev. Dr. S. P. A. Lindahl 

Born Nov. 8, 1843; ordained 1869 

died March 27, 1908 



172 




Rev. Dr. C. A. Evald 

Born May 25, 1849 ; ordained 1872 

died March 13, 1909 



173 




Rev. Dr. M. C. Ranseen 
Born April 6, 1858 ; ordained 1890 
died June 1, 1920 



Rev. Dr. F. A. Linder 
Born July 4, 1856 ; ordained 1883 
died 1927 




Rev. Dr. Nils Forsander 

Born Sept. 11, 1846 ; ordained 1873 

died 1926 




Rev. Dr. L. A. Johnston 

Born Aug. 12. 1855 : ordained 1881 

died 1918 



174 




Rev. G. Peters 

Born Jan. 4, 1832 ; ordained 1860 

died Oct. 26, 1918 



I 75 




Rev. Johan Vibelius 

Born Feb. 1, 1856 ; ordained 1884 

died June 9, 1903 



176 




Rev. Gee. E. Youngdahl 
Horn June 25, I860; ordained 1888 
died April 18, 1904 



n\ 




Rev. Carl Granath 

Bom Nov. 6, 1850 ; ordained 1883 

died Sept. 15, 1899 



i 7 8 




Rev. N. P. Sjostrom 

Born July 1, 1866; ordained 1895 

died Feb. 6, 1912 



179 




Rev. C. P. Edblom 

Bom Sept. 14, 1862; ordained 1893; 

died 1924 




Rev. A. W. Stark 

Born Nov. 2, 1854 ; ordained 1885 

died 1921 

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Rev. Dr. P. M. Lindberg 

Born May 24, 1864 ; ordained 1889 

died 1918 



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Rev. A. Rodell 
Born April 9, 1853; ordained 181 
died Aug. 23, 1897 



182 




Rev. Dr. C. A. Blomgren 

Born April 1, 1865; ordained 1888 
died June 29, 1926 




Rev. August Johnson 

Born March 15, 1856; ordained 1884 

died 1916 



i8j 




Rev. Dr. M. P. Oden 

Born Nov. 13, 1852; ordained 1879; 

died 1921 




Rev. Dr. Carl Solomonson 

Born Oct. 31, 1871 ; ordained 1897 

died Feb. 5, 1928 



l8 4 




Rev. T. S. Johnston 

Born March 12, 1871 ; ordained 1903 

died 1918 




Rev. G. A. Ekeberg 
Born April 8, 1850; ordained 1! 
died 1918 



185 



LAY MEMBERS WHOSE NAMES ARE PART OF THE 
HISTORY OF THE ILLINOIS CONFERENCE 

And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, write. Blessed are 
the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, 
that they may rest from their labors: and their works do follow them. 
Rev. 14. 13. 




Dr. A. O. IierseH, 1853 — 1903 



186 




Mrs. Gustava Albertina Esbjorn, 
Rock Island. 1833—1925 



A. G. Anderson, 
Rock Island. 1857— 1921 





C. G. Thulin. 
Rock Island. 1^35—1902 



Mrs. Emma Cervin, 
Rock Island. 1833—1915 



187 





Chas. P. Holmberg, 
Chicago. 1840—1902 



Joh. A. Enander 
1842—1910 




Samuel Anderson, 
Chicago. 1840—1911 



188 





Theodore Freeman, 
Chicago. 1847—1916 



Prof. A. W. Williamson 
1838—1906 




John E. Erlander. 
Rockford. 1826—191' 





C. G. Chinlund, 
Chicago. 1849—1918 



Gustaf Johnson. 
Altona. 1835—1909 



189 



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INDEX 



Page 

A Review 5 

President Augustana Synod 10 

Officers Illinois Conference 11 

Members Executive Board 13 

Founders of the Illinois Conference 15 

Sons and Daughters of the Founders of the Illinois Conference 16 

The Word and the Sacraments 18 

HOME MISSIONS 

Rock Island District, Churches, Parsonages, Pastors 19 

Galesburg District, Churches, Parsonages, Pastors 33 

Northern Chicago District, Churches, Parsonages, Pastors 44 

Southern Chicago District, Churches, Parsonages, Pastors 57 

Western Chicago District, Churches, Parsonages, Pastors 70 

Rockford District, Churches, Parsonages, Pastors 80 

La Porte District, Churches, Parsonages, Pastors 94 

Paxton District, Churches, Parsonages, Pastors 101 

Grand Rapids District, Churches, Parsonages, Pastors 106 

Cadillac District, Churches, Parsonages, Pastors 113 

FOREIGN MISSION, INNER MISSION, MISSSION TO THE JEWS 

Foreign Mission and Missionaries 120 

The Augustana Inner Mission 123 

Mission to the Jews 127 

INSTITUTIONS 

Homes for Children 128 

Homes for Aged 131 

Augustana Hospital 136 

Lutheran Hospital, Moline 144 

Immanuel Woman's Home, Chicago 145 

SPECIAL ORGANIZATIONS 

Luther League 146 

Lutheran Brotherhood 148 

Woman's Missionary Society 149 

Chicago Lutheran Bible School 152 

AUGUSTANA COLLEGE AND THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY 

Buildings 153 

Ministers in the Service of the Institution 157 

AUGUSTANA BOOK CONCERN 

Publishing House and Men in Its Service 159 

IN MEMORIAM 

Ministers 162 

Lay Members 186 



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